Packard Foundation and PHI Invest in Young Leaders from Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, and U.S. South

Youth Champions Initiative advances innovation and quality in sexual and reproductive health and rights

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Public Health Institute are pleased to introduce the 19 visionary young leaders (ages 18-29) from India, Ethiopia, Pakistan and the U.S. South who are participating in the Youth Champions Initiative—an exciting new initiative to advance innovation and quality in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) globally. Developed in partnership with the Public Health Institute in recognition of the Packard Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the Youth Champions Initiative builds upon the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to reproductive health and the engagement of youth leaders.

The 19 Youth Champions were selected from over 200 applicants. They will participate in a week-long incubator held in Los Altos, California, USA from December 5-11, 2014 and will be supported through capacity building, leadership development, mentorship, technical assistance and project funding (ranging from $8,000 – $12,000) to carry out innovative projects improving SRHR in their communities.

“We are honored to host the Youth Champions Initiative and build upon the Foundation’s longstanding commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights,” said Tamara Kreinin, Director of the Population and Reproductive Health Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. “This initiative will help support a new generation of innovative and courageous champions as they lead this movement in the decades ahead.”

For more information about the 19 Youth Champions and their work, please visit the Youth Champions Initiative’s website.